Britain entering WWI might have been a tragic miscalculation

The First World War was one of the great turning points in modern history. In this fascinating take, historian Niall Ferguson argues that Britain’s decision to enter the war in 1914 was a tragic mistake that unleashed an era of totalitarianism and genocide around the world.

This World War I history documentary considers that a different approach from Britain could have negated the need for this brutal war and completely changed world history.

Watch The Pity of War and more acclaimed documentaries on BBC Select today. Restrictions apply*.

BBC Select free trial

BBC Select is available in Canada on Amazon Prime Video Channels or the Apple TV app for only $6.99 a month. Start a free trial today and stream documentaries from the BBC and beyond. Restrictions apply*.

Black Friday offer

Subscribe to BBC Select on Amazon Prime Video Channels between 18th to 28th November and get the first 2 months for only $1.99**

$6.99 a month

$1.99 for 2 months then $6.99 a month**